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Now More Than Ever, FOCAC Must Absorb Shocks to China-Africa Ties

Then Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during the 10th anniversary of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) on November 18, 2010 in Pretoria, South Africa. AFP PHOTO / PABALLO THEKISO

This year, the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) marks its 20th anniversary. As it turns 20, FOCAC’s role in shaping Sino-African relations has been remarkable.

The forum is remarkable for many reasons. It shows China’s willingness to engage not just with individual African countries but with the continent as a whole. Secondly, it fits into the continent’s aspirations of unity, self-determination, progress and collective prosperity as outlined in the Agenda 2063.

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